CUPERTINO, Calif., January 14, 2013 — In a recent interview with NBC, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced that some of the company’s devices would be manufactured in the United States starting in 2013. There has been a lot of speculation as to which line of products would get the “American Made” tag. According to DigiTimes, the little-known Mac mini is coming to America next year.
According to an unnamed source “from the upstream supply chain,” Apple will move Mac mini production lines to the United States with Foxconn Electronics in charge of handling establishment.
According to DigiTimes, Foxconn has 15 United States operating bases with plans to recruit employees in 2013 to populate new production lines.
The Mac mini is not one of Apple’s biggest sellers. Shipments of the device are expected to only reach 1.4 million for 2012. That may seem like small potatoes compared to the iPad. Apple sold more than three million iPad and iPad minis in just three days this November.
However, sales of the Mac mini have increased by 40 percent since last year and are expected to reach 1.8 million in 2013.
A shift in manufacturing to the United States could mean a new future for the U.S. economy. For Apple to bring electronics manufacturing to the United States means that other companies may follow suit. Once Apple’s experiment gets off the ground, more manufacturing plants may open up, which would create more jobs and boost the economy and benefit Apple and other electronics companies greatly.
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